Does buying a car with anti-lock brakes mean I won't be able to do my own brake repair?

04.01.2002

I have been a do-it-yourselfer for many years now None of the cars I presently own has anti-lock brakes But I will have to buy a new car soon and most of the cars I am considering come with ABS...

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What does "burning rubber" cost my son and his car?

04.01.2002

My son who owns his own car seems to take pleasure in showing off the power of his engine by spinning his wheels upon takeoff He says it's harmless fun I say he is burning rubber and costing himself money...

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The difference between factory and extended warranties.

04.01.2002

I read your article about the study you did in which dealers charged more for the same repairs than independent shops But I have a question I have a competent mechanic who I have used on my vehicles for years...

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Tom and Ray retract: some cruise control systems DO have the ability to slow a car going down hills.

04.01.2002

Usually your advice and comments are not only scintillating but also accurate Alas I am forced to come to the defense of the poor father-in-law you wrote about a few weeks ago He wanted to know if his cruise control...

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What is an "oil purge" service...and is it worth it?

04.01.2002

I have miles on my Saturn and I've always been happy with the dealer's service I've had all of my maintenance done on schedule and now I find that I'm putting in about quarts of oil between changes possibly more...

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Am I right to avoid battery chargers & jumpers that plug in to my car's cigarette lighter?

04.01.2002

I continue to see ads for battery chargers and battery jumpers that operate through cars' cigarette lighters instead of the battery terminals I have never tried one because I'm concerned that too many amps would be flowing through the lighter...

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Jeep Cherokee skimped on backseat headreasts that could prevent serious neck injury.

04.01.2002

I have a four-door Jeep Cherokee and I'm worried that the low rear seat which doesn't have headrests might be dangerous in an accident I noticed this when my son recently went from being in a child seat which extended...

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Ideal air pressure for driving in snow?

04.01.2002

During a safety meeting at my workplace we were discussing tires and driving in the snow Several folks suggested that you could get better traction in the snow by letting some of the air out of your tires I disagreed...

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What are the advantages of a "boxer" engine, as used in Suburu and Porsche?

04.01.2002

I have a question about horizontally opposed or boxer engines To the best of my knowledge only Porsche and Subaru use this type of engine design now Subaru goes so far as to point out the advantages of this design...

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What's the personality profile of someone who drives a Suburu Forester?

04.01.2002

I have become very interested in someone and I'm trying to decide if I should ask him out or not I noticed that he drives a Subaru Forester and I cannot figure out what that says about the kind of...

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How long does it take to manufacture a car?

04.01.2002

With the recent economic downturn and less work to do my co-workers and I have found ourselves sitting around our cubicles wondering about various trivial matters Today an argument erupted between myself and Scott in the cubicle next to mine...

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